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Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

2017 SSSP Graduating Seniors with President Boudreau
2017 SSSP Graduating Seniors
2016-17 Outstanding students
Katherine Reynoso starts a discussion at the 2016 SSSP Majors Panel
2016 SSSP Majors Panel
A receptive audience at the 2016 SSSP Cultural Diversity Celebration
2016 SSSP Cultural Diversity Celebration
SSSP staff and work-study students feast in the conference room at the end of a long semester.
SSSP staff feast
Proud participants at the 2016 Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by SSSP's Fusion Club
2016 Breast Cancer Walk
Dr. Thangaraj presents at an SSSP informational workshop in Fall 2016
SSSP Informational Workshop

We help outstanding students achieve their goals.





2018 CCNY Salutatorian:

Zhiying Zhou

Biomedical Engineering

     Zhu arrived in New York with her mother and a young sister in 2008, and she began working at age 13 to support her family. Last December, the Bensonhurst resident completed her requirements for a BE in biomedical engineering from the Grove School of Engineering with a 3.91 GPA.

     Since her freshman year, Zhu has been a Student Support Services Program student, mentor and tutor, and in 2015 she earned SSSP’s highest academic honor, the Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Scholarship.

     Zhu worked two or more part-time jobs while completing the rigorous engineering curriculum. Challenging as the last few years at CCNY have been, her passion for research and healthcare has only grown stronger.

     Zhu gained both research and bedside care experiences at several institutions, including CCNY, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the University of Texas at Austin and the National Cancer Institute. At the latter, she collaborated with clinicians and scientists and assisted in various phases of research from data acquisition to manuscript writing. She said the technical skills she acquired from these experiences prepared her for a more engineering-oriented role in medicine.

     A month after commencement, Zhu will sit for her MCAT exam with the goal of pursuing an MD/PHD and a double career as a medical doctor and researcher. Her dream is to merge the gap between bench-side research and bedside care.

     Zhu’s accolades at CCNY include a NASA New York Space Grant Fellowship, the Harold Shames Award for Undergraduate Excellence, a Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service, the Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Scholarship and the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholarship.



Student Support Services Program

For over thirty years the US Department of Education has sponsored a TRIO opportunity program for CCNY undergraduates known as the Student Support Services Program. It is the largest SSS TRIO program in New York State and the fourth largest in the country. The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) provides undergraduates with the resources they need to successfully complete their degrees. Our comprehensive services help students achieve their academic and professional goals. 

Whether you are seeking guidance choosing a major, want to earn better grades, or are preparing for graduate school, our mission is to help you succeed!


  • Grant aid in amounts up to $1,000 for eligible students
  • Zitrin Scholarship of $5,000 for outstanding students
  • Zitrin Tutor-Mentor Award of $500.
  • Advising and counseling
  • Peer mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Cultural Diversity program 
  • Scholars Showcase of poster presentations
  • Award Ceremony
  • Leadership and Fusion Clubs


We recruit highly motivated freshmen, sophomores, juniors and transfer students whose household income does not exceed the levels shown here. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and cannot be enrolled in SEEK to be eligible for admission.


Submit your completed application form to our office in NAC 6/148. You can also apply online (see left-side menu).


Elizabeth Thangaraj

North Academic Center
Room 6/148
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

p: 212.650.6825
f:  212.650.6231

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.